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Watching the Watchers | People Stuff

first_img Previous Article Next Article “I’m going to confess, right up front.  This blog post is a shameless plug for my new ebook on social media, written with that very nice Tim Scott, better known on Twitter as”Read full article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Watching the Watchers | People StuffShared from missc on 30 Apr 2015 in Personnel Todaylast_img

Mortgage applications dip for second straight week

first_img Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Contact Sasha Jones Housing MarketMortgagesResidential Real Estate Tags Message* Full Name* (Getty)A perfect storm of problems for home buyers — lack of inventory, high prices and bidding wars — may finally be putting pressure on mortgage applications.An index tracking those applications decreased 2.2 percent, seasonally adjusted, from one week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. It’s the second week in a row that applications dipped. Mortgage rates, meanwhile, have been rising steadily for seven consecutive weeks.“Many prospective homebuyers this spring are feeling the effects of higher rates and rapidlyaccelerating home prices,” Joel Kan, MBA’s associate vice president of economic and industry forecasting, said in a statement. “The housing market is in desperate need of more inventory to cool price growth and preserve affordability.”ADVERTISEMENTSimilarly, the refinance index decreased 3 percent from the previous week and was 32 percent lower than the same week one year ago. Refinancings made up nearly 61 percent of total applications. The average refinancing loan size was $275,000, a dip from last week’s $284,200.“Higher mortgage rates continue to shut down refinance activity, as the pool of borrowerswho can benefit from a refinance further shrinks,” Kan added.The average purchase loan size dropped to $401,400, from $409,300. Loan sizes had been steadily decreasing until last week, when that figure rose by nearly 4 percent.The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages decreased to 3.33 percent from 3.36 percent. Jumbo loans also saw a dip, from 3.40 percent to 3.34 percent.MBA’s survey covers 75 percent of the residential mortgage market and has been conducted weekly since 1990.Read moreMortgage applications slow but no end in sight to buying boomUS home price growth hits 15-year highHome prices across globe hit records, prompting worries of bubble Email Address*last_img read more

Guide to General Election in Ocean City on Tuesday

first_imgU.S. Senate (Vote for One)Jeff Bell (Republican)Cory Booker (Democratic)Antonio N. Sabas (No Toxic Waste)Hank Schroeder (Economic Growth)Eugene Martin LaVergne (D-R Party)Jeff Boss (NSA Did 911)Joseph Baratelli (Libertarian Party)U.S. House of Representatives (Vote for One)Frank A. LoBiondo (Republican)William J. Hughes Jr. (Democratic)Bayode Olabisi (Making Us Better)Gary Stein (Blackballed by Ballot)Alexander H. Spano (D-R Party)Constantino Rozzo (American Labor Party)Cape May County Sheriff (Vote for One)Gary G. Schaffer (Republican)Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders (Vote for Two)Kristine Gabor (Republican)Will Morey (Republican)Ballot QuestionsNo. 1: Constitutional amendment to allow a court to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case.No. 2: Constitutional amendment dedicating state funds for open space, farmland, and historic preservation, and changing existing dedication for water programs, underground storage tanks, and hazardous site cleanups.See complete Ocean City sample ballot for full text of ballot questions. Ocean City voters will choose three members of the Board of Education in the Nov. 4 general election.POLL HOURS: Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4POLLING PLACES:  See chart of Ocean City polling places for each ward and district.NO. OF REGISTERED VOTERS IN OCEAN CITY: 8,304FOLLOW ELECTION RESULTS ON TUESDAY NIGHT: On CapeMayCountyVotes.com_____In one of the most interesting races, 10-term incumbent Republican Frank LoBiondo faces Democratic challenger William Hughes Jr. in an effort to retain his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.Hughes is expected to be LoBiondo’s most formidable challenger since he took office in 1994. An Ocean City native and Atlantic City lawyer, Hughes, 46, hopes to win the Congressional seat held by his father from 1974 until LoBiondo took office.Four candidates will vie for three seats on the Ocean City Board of Education.The following candidates will be on the ballot:Dale F. Braun Jr. (see profile)Joseph S. Clark Jr. (see profile)Cecelia Gallelli-Keyes (see profile)Michael Allan James (see profile)Clark and Gallelli-Keyes are incumbents. The other vacant seat is currently held by Tiffany Prettyman, who will not run in the election.The school board includes nine members from Ocean City, who are elected to three-year terms in staggered years, and three members from Upper Township, who are appointed to one-year terms.The rest of the ballot is as follows:last_img read more

“Ragtime to Swingtime” at Library Jan. 19

first_imgThe Vintage Jazz Band performs “From Ragtime to Swingtime” at the Ocean City Free Public Library from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 19.Admission is free.This musical tour of American popular song from 1900 to 1940 includes such classic tunes as “If I Didn’t Care,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Heartaches,” “Hello My Baby,” “Goody Goody,” “Toot Toot Tootsie,” “All of Me,” “Jeepers Creepers,” and “Some of These Days.”Between songs, a short history or background of the next tune is given, providing an interesting and entertaining musical presentation.Listeners will learn how the 1931 song “Heartaches” accidentally became a big hit in 1938 and will also find out how and why the 1929 jazz standard “I’m Confessing” was created.Band instruments include guitars, banjos, clarinet, alto saxophone, upright bass and drums, as well as male and female vocalists.Since forming in 2012, the seven-piece Vintage Jazz Band has performed concerts at public libraries located in Ventnor, Margate, Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township.They have also played at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Vineland, the Port-O-Call Hotel in Ocean City, the Margate City Senior Citizens Pavilion, Kennedy Park and Sal’s Cafe in Somers Point, rec centers in Hammonton and Galloway Township, assisted living facilities such as Wesley Manor and Seashore Gardens, and over-55 communities in Egg Harbor Township.The band members are Seth Briliant (plectrum banjo and tenor guitar); Ed Willis (lead guitar and banjo); Andrew Ehrhardt (alto sax and clarinet); Rick DeMarzio (rhythm guitar and vocals); Mark Anderson (upright bass), John Ragan (drums); and Janney Murtha (vocals and percussion).The Ocean City Free Public Library is located at 1735 Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. For more information call 609-399-2434. Curbside pickup continues at the Ocean City Free Public Library.last_img read more

Goshen man on motorcycle seriously hurt in crash

first_img By Jon Zimney – June 7, 2020 0 439 Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution for the week aheadNext articleMembers of Indiana Black Legislative Caucus want choke holds banned Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Goshen man on motorcycle seriously hurt in crash Google+ Twitter (95.3 MNC) A 32-year-old Goshen man on a motorcycle suffered serious injuries when struck a pick-up truck that police say turned into his path.The collision happened around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, on County Road 40 east of U.S. 33.The motorcyclist was taken to Elkhart General by Goshen Medics with injuries to right shoulder, a large cut to his forehead and pain to both arms.The 73-year-old man driving the pick-up truck was cited for failing to yield. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

Watch Spafford’s Soaring “Into The Mystic” > “The Reprise” Encore At Spirit Of Suwannee [Video]

first_imgOn Friday, June 1st, Spafford headlined the 2018 Purple Hatter’s Ball, delivering a multi-faceted set that ranged from signature rock jams to remarkably heartfelt ballads. The band’s lengthy seven-song set opened with an impressive take on John Hiatt‘s “Memphis In The Meantime” and featured fan-favorite originals like “Ain’t That Wrong”, “Todd’s Totts”, “The Remedy”, and “America”. After the fiery performance, the Arizona quartet returned to the amphitheater stage for a moving two-song encore.First, the band slid into their cover of Van Morrison‘s “Into The Mystic”, the crowd swaying along to Andrew “Red” Johnson‘s vocals. Without missing a beat, Spafford flowed into “The Reprise”, building to a sky-high jam to bring their headlining set to a close. Watch Spafford’s “Into The Mystic” > “The Reprise” encore from Purple Hatter’s Ball below:Spafford – “Into The Mystic” (Van Morrison cover) > “The Reprise”It was no surprise Spafford delivered such an amazing set, as the Spirit Of The Suwannee hosts this annual event for a truly inspiring cause. Promoter Paul Levine founded the Purple Hatter’s Ball as a loving memorial the life of a fallen friend of the music scene, Rachel Morningstar Hoffman. Though her life was cut short due to a tragic entanglement with law enforcement and the remnants of the War on Drugs, her family has used her untimely death as a rallying cry to fight unfair police tactics across the nation.All the performances over the weekend from Spafford to bands like Lettuce, Breaking Biscuits, Toubab Krewe, Roosevelt Collier, Southern Avenue, Hive Mind, and the rest had a common factor: Each band was dead set on honoring the life and sacrifice that had brought them all together. You can learn more about the life and death of Rachel and donate to help keep her memory alive at the Rachel Morningstar Foundation here.For a full list of Spafford’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Spafford | Purple Hatter’s Ball | Live Oak, FL | 6/1/18Set I: Memphis in the Meantime* > People, Ain’t That Wrong, Todd’s Tots, Lonely, The Remedy > AmericaEncore: Into the Mystic** > The RepriseNotes:*John Hiatt, **Van Morrisonlast_img read more

Gaining traction

first_imgIt’s a tumultuous, exciting time in the field of education, an era when traditional notions about effective teaching and learning practices are undergoing massive shifts, in large part because of rapid-fire advances in science and technology. Stepping into this maelstrom a year ago as new dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) was James Ryan, a soft-spoken, steady administrator and teacher. A leading national authority on education law and policy, Ryan came to Harvard from the University of Virginia Law School, where he had been a distinguished professor and served as academic associate dean from 2005 to 2009.In announcing Ryan’s appointment, President Drew Faust called him “an outstanding scholar, teacher, and academic leader with a deep passion for improving education and for enhancing the interplay of scholarship, practice, and policy,” while noting that she was “impressed by his seamless integration of the intellectual and the practical, his warm and open personal style, and his evident talent for drawing together people from different backgrounds, disciplines, and points of view.”Ryan’s research focuses on educational opportunity and how law and policy decisions shape schools, administrators, teachers, and students. His 2010 book, “Five Miles Away, A World Apart,” probed many of the defining issues in education — economic inequality, desegregation, school choice, standards, and testing — through the lens of two economically and racially disparate high schools in the Richmond, Va., area.In a wide-ranging interview, Ryan reflected on his first year as dean, his priorities for the new academic year, and how HGSE will navigate the rapid changes happening in education.GAZETTE: How has life changed for you and your family since coming to Harvard?RYAN: It was a big change, as you might imagine. We had been in Charlottesville for 15 years, and we have four school-age kids, now 17, 15, 13, and 8. Everything was new — new school, new house, new job for me, new job for my wife, Katie — and it was a pretty difficult transition at times, to be honest. The first six months were fairly rocky. In addition to all these changes, we had this odd series of calamities occur just completely coincidentally: a tree branch fell on our car, one of our dogs ran away, another dog needed an operation, our son broke his wrist, our daughter was bit by a dog and needed stitches, and my father-in-law needed his hip replaced. It was a fairly tumultuous first six months [laughs], but everyone has settled in and I think to a person is quite happy that we’re here.GAZETTE: Culturally, I would imagine there were some adjustments?RYAN: Katie grew up outside of Boston, so this has always been home to her, and I grew up outside of New York City. We have been coming up to Essex, Mass., for the last 11 summers, in part to be closer to Katie’s parents, who live in Hamilton. So we’re both familiar with the area, and our kids were also familiar with it. So it wasn’t as much of a culture shock as it would have been if we had moved to someplace where we’d never spent any time. Still, leaving our friends in Charlottesville was difficult for both our kids and us.GAZETTE: What were some of your worries or expectations about living here?RYAN: I was mostly worried about our kids’ transition into school and their leaving one set of friends and making a new set of friends. The social part of the transition went much better than I expected and was fairly seamless. They all play sports, which is a very easy way to get to know a group of kids pretty quickly. The academic part of it was trickier, in part for our oldest because a number of courses are sequential — language courses and math in particular — and where they finished in Charlottesville and where they were expected to be here was different, there was a gap for some of them, and that proved a little challenging.GAZETTE: Have you had much chance to explore Boston/Cambridge and New England yet?RYAN: Yes, a fair bit. We moved to Lincoln because it reminded us of Charlottesville, and some of our favorite places are right in Lincoln, including the deCordova [Sculpture Park and Museum] and Drumlin Farm. In the city, we’ve spent time at the Aquarium, which I really like, the Swan Boats, which I still adore, and Fenway [Park], which I love even though I’m a Yankees fan. Katie and I are also runners and huge fans of the Boston Marathon, and this was our fourth year in a row running it.GAZETTE: How was that experience in the aftermath of the Marathon bombing?RYAN: It was really a magical experience. It was obviously emotional given what had happened the year before. The crowds are always incredible at the Marathon, but even more so this year. There were so many more people watching, and everyone was enthusiastic. It was especially nice for me to see some of my colleagues and students on the course. It was one of those instances where I felt like, “OK, this is home.”GAZETTE: What has surprised you so far about the job?RYAN: I would say three things have surprised me. One is how many people were eager to help me as I started the job and as I continued on during my first year, from people in this office all the way up through and including Drew Faust. The outpouring of support was not something that I expected, and I’m immensely grateful for it. I work with an incredible team in my office. My faculty colleagues and the staff throughout the School are phenomenal. And it was obvious that they all were interested in helping me make the transition. That was also true of my fellow deans throughout the University, who were an incredibly welcoming group and filled with great advice. And both [Provost] Alan [Garber] and Drew have been enormously helpful. But in addition to that, a whole series of alums and friends of the School made it clear that they were invested in my success, and that was a really pleasant surprise.The second is how quickly I felt at home here. I think it’s in part because of the offers of help, but in part it’s because this is just a genuinely warm and welcoming community that cares deeply about education. I’ve been interested in education for so long and have cared about it for so long, to be in a place where everyone else is as interested and passionate about it as I am made it seem like the right place to be quite early on.Third, I’ve been surprised by how many meetings I have to attend [laughs].GAZETTE: Even though you’ve been in education for a long time?RYAN: [Laughs] I have been in education a long time, but the difference between the number of meetings a faculty member needs to attend and the number of meetings a dean needs to attend is quite significant.GAZETTE: Let’s talk about some of your highlights during this first year.RYAN: The student orientation at the very beginning of the year and graduation at the end of the year were two highlights. At the orientation, the dean gives a welcoming address. It was my first major public address and the moment where I realized that this was really happening and I was really the dean. Just the view from the podium looking out into the crowd of the 600-plus students brought home how significant this job really is, how I really did have a responsibility for a large number of people, and that they were counting on me to do the best job possible.Fast-forward to graduation. It was a remarkable occasion, full of pageantry, which brought home the magic of the University. To see everyone collected onstage and everyone out in the audience, the students and their incredibly happy families. I was as nervous there as I was at the orientation, even though I only had to say three lines. But it was still a nice moment to pause and reflect on the first year.In between, I would say one highlight was learning from students, faculty, and alums just how deeply they care about this place and how much it’s meant to them over the years. This is a place that inspires a great deal of loyalty. It was great to learn that about this community.GAZETTE: There are a lot of changes happening in the field of education right now. What makes this such a critical time, and where is HGSE in all of this?RYAN: One of the reasons it’s such a critical time is that we’re witnessing this amazing intersection of need and opportunity. There is a widespread recognition that education in this country needs to improve, and recognition that education across the globe needs to improve, in addition to increasing access. At the same time, there are opportunities for improvement that haven’t existed before, which makes it an exciting moment. Advances in neuroscience are shedding light on how the brain develops and functions, which in turn sheds light on the best way to teach students across a range of capacities and abilities. Advances in learning technologies offer the opportunity to individualize education and increase access to high-quality education across the globe. The very fact that there’s such widespread recognition of the need to improve education — and interest in doing so — itself creates opportunity to address longstanding problems.We’re trying to have the biggest impact possible through our teaching and research. Through teaching, we’re preparing students to be leaders in the field, because leaders will be able to affect and influence a large number of individuals. With respect to research, our faculty is interested in identifying ideas, policies, and programs that work. There is still a big need for better and more reliable research on what works in education.GAZETTE: What are some of your top priorities for the upcoming academic year?RYAN: I have five priorities for this year. The first is faculty hiring; the second is the public launch of our capital campaign; the third is solidifying our presence online and devising a strategic plan going forward for what we will do online; the fourth is furthering some initiatives started this year, [such as] creating a Harvard teacher fellows program that will enable undergraduates to get into teaching through the Ed School, and Usable Knowledge, [a] project devoted to disseminating the research that’s conducted here to those working in the field; the fifth is to continue to enhance the intellectual life and community on campus.In faculty hiring, we have a number of searches planned for the year. We are at a key moment in the history of the School. A lot of our senior faculty have retired recently, and others are planning to retire in the next five to 10 years. This means we’re at a point of generational change among the senior faculty, which is a poignant moment because our senior faculty are a phenomenal group. It’s a huge loss to see them go, but it’s also a remarkable opportunity to shape the future of the School. The heart of any school is its faculty, and so my very top priority is to make sure that we attract the very best faculty in the world to this School, and that once we attract them, we retain them.GAZETTE: What have you learned from faculty and students about what their needs are and how they’d like to see the School evolve?RYAN: I think faculty are interested in their work having an impact and interested in receiving the help and guidance necessary to make that happen. Research takes a good deal of time and a great deal of effort, and you hope that if you have produced a good idea or a paper that provides a reliable evaluation of an existing program that the news will get out. But often it doesn’t. And faculty don’t really have the time to spend making sure their research is disseminated. It seems to me one thing that we can do as a school institutionally is make that effort — in partnership with faculty — in order to ensure that their work is disseminated as widely as possible.For students, I’ve heard a few recurring messages. One is that they would like more opportunities to focus on and prepare for working in diverse contexts. For students going to work in urban school systems or suburban school systems, they would like more opportunity to talk about how to work and thrive in a diverse setting and more opportunities to have sometimes-difficult conversations about race and gender and sexual orientation. We’re going to have a common theme this year focused on the issue of diversity, and we’re calling it “Fulfilling the Promise of Diversity.” There will be a series of book talks, workshops, lectures, and the like, all revolving around this issue, which I think will enhance the sense of intellectual community. From doctoral students, there’s a need for more funding to support research, and from both doctoral and master’s students, there’s a desire to have more opportunities within courses to dive deeper into topics.GAZETTE: Your campaign launches this month. What are some of the financial challenges the school now faces?RYAN: Two of the biggest challenges are financial aid for students and funding for research. I would like to increase the financial aid available for master’s students because I think many of them are graduating with too much debt. It’s imperative that we continue to provide generous funding for our doctoral students. Our goal should be to attract the most talented students that we possibly can and make cost not a factor in their decision about whether to attend. I don’t know if we’re quite there yet. Federal funding for research has generally declined, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change anytime soon, which means we also need to be looking at alternative sources for funding research.GAZETTE: Education sometimes gets criticized for being a series of reform initiatives that don’t deliver on their promises. Is that a fair knock, and if so, what’s the cause of the ineffectiveness?RYAN: I think that education itself as a field, as opposed to education reform in particular, has suffered from what you might call faddishness for a long time. There’s a great deal of churning from one policy or practice to another. I think that is often driven by the impatience on the part of policymakers. A new policy or practice will be developed, touted as the Next Best Thing, and lo and behold two years later, when it hasn’t produced a miracle, it’s dropped and something else is tried. I think that breeds a good deal of cynicism and suspicion among principals and teachers. If you look at systems that have been successful — Massachusetts is a good example — what you’ll find generally is consistency in the leadership.In some respects, success entails picking a program or policy that is sound to begin with, one that is based on research, implementing it faithfully, and then sticking with it even when you hit some bumps — even if the gains don’t come as quickly or as dramatically as you’d hoped. One of the key factors is consistency in leadership, which is crucial to success. Unfortunately, in a lot of urban school systems, you see exactly the opposite. The typical tenure of an urban superintendent is roughly three years.GAZETTE: Isn’t the problem driven in part by political pressures to have instant results?RYAN: Exactly. The relevant time frame for someone who’s in political office is pretty short, and often too short to see whether reforms will actually work. So you’re exactly right: There’s this immediate pressure to prove that a reform has had a dramatic impact in a very short period of time and anything that falls short of that — which most reforms will because it takes a little while for the reform itself to take — are often just tossed aside, even though, if given more time, they could very well have worked.GAZETTE: In the past, the School has had a reputation for being somewhat less rigorous than other [Harvard] Schools. What do you say to that criticism?RYAN: I know that ed schools generally are often considered not as rigorous as other schools, and I think that there’s some truth to that, depending on the school. But it’s also just a function of the fact that the education profession is, unjustifiably, not as respected as other professions. The only thing to do in response is to provide the very best education program you can, and that will be proof itself. Opening up Ed School classes to the wider Harvard community is also a great way to correct that perception to the extent it still exists. Kay Merseth teaches a general education course that’s open to Harvard undergraduates, and it is both one of the most popular courses and one of the most highly rated. Our quantitative-methods classes draw graduate students, not only from across the University but also from MIT, who come here to learn how to do quantitative research.GAZETTE: What skills and knowledge should graduates leave here with?RYAN: That’s a great question and one that I’ve talked with faculty a lot about over the last year. At the moment, we don’t have a single set of courses that everyone needs to take, and that’s in part because the master’s program is just one year. Students come to the School with a great deal of experience, wanting to do a number of different things. The belief has been that students should be prepared for the role they want to play and that will require particularized knowledge.I recognize that, but there is a part of me that thinks we should nonetheless identify a basic body of knowledge that we would expect everyone to know when they graduate. That would include things like a basic knowledge of human development; of how students learn; of schools as organizations, including knowing about school governance and finance; and how to be, at the very least, sophisticated consumers of research, so understanding some basics about research methods. This doesn’t necessarily translate into a set of required courses, but it’s at least a start in thinking about it. I also think that there are some common skills we should expect, including the ability to use evidence to make decisions, which again means the ability to consume education research. But beyond some core skills and knowledge, I do think students need the opportunity to prepare specifically for the roles they hope to pursue when they graduate.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s Green Dot program aims to make student safety a shared responsibility

first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) partnered with the Green Dot Committee, which aims to educate students on violence prevention, in hosting “Welcome on the Island” on Wednesday evening to explain the benefits of bystander intervention education and introduce training coordinators.Students gathered on the island in Lake Marion to frost cookies and interact with representatives from BAVO, Green Dot and certified program instructors.Sarah Miesle, a Green Dot training coordinator, said Green Dot has been present at the College for about eight years.“We’re actually the first college of the tri-college community to start Green Dot on campus,” Miesle said. “It originally started in high schools, and also with some areas of the U.S. Armed Forces. … In Kentucky in particular, there’s been a lot of really good information and statistics that have shown that [Green Dot] has helped reduce the instances of power-based personal violence and other things because people feel empowered to be a bystander, whatever level they’re on.”In an effort to expand Green Dot’s resources beyond the committee and BAVO, Miesle said the group has paid special attention to involving faculty and staff from diverse departments on campus.“There was a big group of us that got certified in … I think it was 2015 or 2016,” Miesle said. “And it was very intentional with trying to get a variety of people. One of the messages with Green Dot is that there’s a lot of strength in the unexpected messenger. Everyone would expect Liz [Coulston] to be that person … overall the concept is that it’s not just one person in one place.”Miesle said she and other certified Green Dot training coordinators offers two types of sessions: A basic overview lasting between one and two hours, and the full bystander intervention training that can run up to five hours. While the training is a time commitment, Miesle said, the sessions are interactive and effective.Both the basic overview and the full training highlight Green Dot’s “three D’s”: Distract, direct and delegate, providing a plan for those involved in a potentially dangerous or uncomfortable situation, Miesle said.“It doesn’t have to be, you know, Clark Kent turns into Superman and goes in to save the day,” Miesle said. “But everybody has some ability to do something.”The full bystander intervention training also offers the opportunity for participants to anonymously share why they’ve chosen to attend the sessions, Miesle said.“You always hear something that you’re like, ‘Yes, this is why I’m here. This is why I do it. This is why we’re having this conversation,’” she said.Sergeant Phil Bambenek of Saint Mary’s Campus Safety said Green Dot offers peer-based training for dealing with real-world problems.“The thing I like about Green Dot … is it’s really more of a concept than a class,” Bambenek said. “And you know, the concept is that we’re just not going to accept that power-based personal violence is an unsolvable problem, and [that] we’re going to all come together and achieve some solutions.”In addition to contributing to Green Dot intervention training sessions, Bambenek said he and the rest of the campus safety department foster a safe environment for students by acting as a 24/7 resource. Both Bambenek and Miesle said they urge students to note the phone numbers of both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame campus safety.“We like to tell our freshmen that once you become a Belle, you’re never alone,” he said. “Once you get [the campus safety] number plugged into your phone, you can call us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”While Saint Mary’s security shares self-defense and safety methods, in addition to providing escort services between the College and University, Bambenek said students should also make a personal effort to prepare and protect themselves.“It also comes to pushing people to take some personal investment in their safety,” Bambenek said. “I’m going to circle back around to things like Green Dot and the BAVO program because it really is helping them to become more confident in their ability to deal with situations.”Miesle, a Saint Mary’s alumna, said much of Green Dot’s success on campus is a group effort.“It starts with our community and our community is super strong,” she said. “And I think that’s why we’ve been successful with this because there’s that sisterhood here at Saint Mary’s.”By increasing awareness of power-based violence at Saint Mary’s, Miesle said she hopes Green Dot can change the “1 in 4” culture, citing the statistic that almost one in four — 23.1% — college-aged women will experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation.“We can do better than that,” Miesle said. “Yeah, we want to do better than that. But it’s not just going to happen by not doing anything. So there’s a lot of personal responsibility in that. … Nobody has to do everything. But everybody has to do something. That’s Green Dot in a nutshell.”Tags: BAVO, Green Dot Training, power-based violencelast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Rock the Boat with Nathan Lane & Bid Two Pippin Players Adieu

first_img Star Files Watch Grown Men Belt Annie (Maybe)March 31 at the Hammerstein BallroomEver want to see your favorite stars hilariously tackle roles that are completely and totally wrong for them? Well, now’s your chance! Jeremy Jordan, Megan Hilty, Billy Porter, Raul Esparza, Zosia Mamet, Steven Pasquale, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anika Noni Rose, Sasha Allen, Keala Settle and Nicole Parker will go against type at MCC’s Miscast gala, hosted by Victor Garber. The evening will also honor Allison Janney—fingers crossed she sings “Bring Him Home.” Click for tickets! Just keep repeating this mantra: April showers bring May flowers. April showers bring May flowers. It might be raining in New York City this week, but it’s time to buck up, grab an umbrella (preferably this Wicked one) and get your butt to a few of the awesome theater-centric events going on. Need some ideas? Check out our picks below! Nathan Lane Stay Up Late with Vanessa WilliamsBeginning April 1 at the Brooks Atkinson TheatreThe jazzy musical revue After Midnight is welcoming a special guest star to Harlem’s hottest nightclub: Tony nominee Vanessa Williams! The Broadway favorite, former Miss America and of course, singer of “Save the Best For Last,” is taking the stage to croon Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Cab Calloway classics alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars orchestra. Catch her in the hit jazz extravaganza through May 13. Click for tickets! Roll the Dice with Nathan DetroitApril 3 at Carnegie HallThe oldest established permanent floating craps game in New York is back! Nathan Lane will reprise his Tony-nominated performance as good old reliable Nathan Detroit alongside Megan Mullally, Patrick Wilson and Sierra Boggess in a one-night-only concert version of Guys and Dolls. We’re willing to bet our bottom dollar (wait, wrong show) that this evening is gonna be a smash. Click for tickets! Meet Heather, Heather & HeatherOpens March 21 at New World StagesThe meanest girls are school are back with a vengeance, and this time they’re ruling the hallways in off-Broadway’s New World Stages. That’s right—Heather, Heather, Heather (and Veronica) from the ‘80s cult flick Heathers are being resurrected in a new musical by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Be there or be…dead. Click for tickets! See Patina & MJT’s Grand FinaleThrough March 30 at the Music Box TheatrePippin standouts Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas are packing up their hula-hoops and knives and leaving the circus for good. It’s so sad, we know, but she’s going on to star in The Hunger Games films and he’s in the running to become the next Jedi knight on the big screen. See the Tony winner and the Broadway hunk making magic, climbing poles and swinging on the trapeze one last time at the Music Box Theatre. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more

On the Blogs: Fracking has been a ‘disaster’ for investors, former industry executive says

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享DeSmogBlog.com:Steve Schlotterbeck, who led drilling company EQT as it expanded to become the nation’s largest producer of natural gas in 2017, arrived at a petrochemical industry conference in Pittsburgh Friday morning with a blunt message about shale gas drilling and fracking.“The shale gas revolution has frankly been an unmitigated disaster for any buy-and-hold investor in the shale gas industry with very few limited exceptions,” Schlotterbeck, who left the helm of EQT last year, continued. “In fact, I’m not aware of another case of a disruptive technological change that has done so much harm to the industry that created the change.“While hundreds of billions of dollars of benefits have accrued to hundreds of millions of people, the amount of shareholder value destruction registers in the hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said. “The industry is self-destructive.”Schlotterbeck is not the first industry insider to ring alarm bells about the shale industry’s record of producing vast amounts of gas while burning through far more cash than it can earn by selling that gas. And drillers’ own numbers speak for themselves. Reported spending outweighed income for a group of 29 large public shale gas companies by $6.7 billion in 2018, bringing the group’s 2010 to 2018 cash flow to a total of negative $181 billion, according to a March 2019 report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.But Schlotterbeck’s remarks, delivered to petrochemical and gas industry executives at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, come from an individual uniquely positioned to understand how major Marcellus drillers make financial decisions — because he so recently ran a major shale gas drilling firm. Schlotterbeck now serves as a member of the board of directors at the Energy Innovation Center Institute, a nonprofit that offers energy industry training programs.His warnings on Friday were also offered in unusually stark terms. “The technological advancements developed by the industry have been the weapon of its own suicide,” Schlotterbeck added, referring to the financial impacts of shale gas drilling on shale gas drillers. “And unfortunately, the industry still has not fully realized how it’s killing itself. Since 2015, there’s been 172 E&P company bankruptcies involving nearly a hundred billion dollars of debt.”More: Former shale gas CEO says fracking revolution has been ‘a disaster’ for drillers, investors On the Blogs: Fracking has been a ‘disaster’ for investors, former industry executive sayslast_img read more